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    Default Apostrophe Question

    The following sentence appeared in my morning newspaper today. Is the apostrophe on the word socialist correct? If so, what makes it correct?

    "But if Rush Limbaugh calls Obama a socialist, maybe a socialist's not such a terrible thing to be."

    Of course, I can see that the apostrophe could render the meaning to be "socialist is," but it "looks" like a word meant to be in the possessive case. In this sentence, the term cannot be in the possessive case as I see it. So can an apostrophe be added onto the end of any word, just before the letter "S" to make the term = X is?

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    Default Re: Apostrophe Question

    Yes, the " 's " can be added to the subject of the clause that it is in to mean "is," or "has." The context shows which auxiliary is appropriate. [The "is" or "has" is the finite verb for the clause it's in.]

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    Default Re: Apostrophe Question

    The apostrophe is there as an abreviative replacing 'is'. Maybe a socialist is not such a .....

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